Images Of Saturn’s Moon Titan Reveal Magic Island

The human race can do amazing things, we’ve discovered how the universe works, figured out the theory of black holes and even set foot on the Moon. With plans ahead to land and even live on Mars, it’s no surprise we are also paying attention to other objects in space. Saturn’s moon, Titan, is one such object.

The surface of Titan is cold, as in around -180ºC. This means that only a few things can be liquid on its surface, and yet thanks to a selection of images that were taken since 2007, we may have an idea of just what happens on its surface.

The “lake” shown in the images, Ligeia, is seen dimming and brightening, the result of what scientists have concluded could be the result of waves at or beneath the surface. The Cassini spacecraft that took the photos will be doing a final run looking for these “magic island”s when it flys by Titan in 2017.

If this wasn’t enough during the 2016 budget, the US Congress created the Ocean Worlds explortation program. With the aim of exploring cold, icy moons of the solar system, the project would see us looking for water on other planets and understanding how it’s interacted with the planet.

The hope is that places like Titan which have the fundamental building blocks of life could be our first chance of seeing “wierd life” in the universe.

Nvidia Pascal Launch May Be Sooner Than We Thought

Last month we received word that the first Pascal chips would be launching a bit sooner than expected. At that time, GP100 was expected to drop in April and GP104 in June. According to the latest rumors, it looks like that timetable was accurate, with the GP100 based Tesla chip coming in April around GTC. What’s more, we’re getting more details about when the rest of Nvidia’s Pascal lineup will launch.

As with the previous report, GP104 will arrive in June and it looks like the GTX lineup will be based off that, with both the GTX 1080 and 1070 being GP104 chips. Near the end of the year in Q4, we can expect GP106 and GP107. These will be longer end chips and likely power the GTX 1060 and 1050. Finally, we have the Titan which will use GP100 and a GP108 in early 2017. This follow’s Nvidia’s new trend of releasing a GTX x80 first, followed by the Titan, then finally a GTX x80Ti. While it’s good for Nvidia’s sales, it moves high-end users into a quicker upgrade schedule than if all the cards launched at the same time.

The Tesla launching first makes a whole lot of sense as enterprise users can pay the high premiums for early HBM2 and 16nm. A June launch for GP104 may point to them using HBM2 as the timeline is a bit tight for GDDR5X though it is doable. The biggest question is how well Pascal will perform as it is a stopgap architecture between Maxwell and Volta, like a Maxwellv2 though the die shrink to 16nm should make some great gains in and of itself.

EVGA Offers Free Shroud Upgrade for existing Hybrid Card owners

EVGA launches the Hybrid Faceoff Program and offers their existing Hybrid Card customers a free upgrade in the form of a new and improved shroud for their cards. For a limited time, and while supply lasts, all EVGA customers who have one of the three participating cards are eligible for this upgrade.

The free does have one small hitch, you will have to pay for shipping and handling. But the new shroud in itself is free of charge. The offer applies to customers who have purchased an EVGA GeForce Titan X Hybrid, GTX 980 Ti Hybrid, or a GTX 980 Hybrid graphics card.

The new shroud will give the cards a fresher look and lighter look. EVGA removed the X-shaped design and opted for a more simple approach. The new shroud also updates the look with an LED, allowing you to light it up and show off your fancy hardware with pride.

The trade-in should be very simple and you only need to head over to the EVGA mini-site and log in with your EVGA account, fill in a few details and you should be good to go.

I like the new EVGA Hybrid shroud design quite a bit more than the old one. It looks more like a Nvidia card and generally just lighter. Would you opt for the new shroud if you had one of these cards or do you like the old versions better? Let us know.

ASUS Partners with SplitmediaLabs for Bundled XSplit Gamecaster v2

ASUS and SplitmedaLabs have announced a new partnership where they will be bundling the popular streaming software XSplit Gamecaster V2 along with most of their graphics cards. However, not all types of cards will get an equal amount of free time with the software that requires yearly subscriptions.

Pretty much anyone with a AMD Radeon R7, R9 or Fury based graphics card as well as GeForce GTX 600, 700, 900, and Titan series will get the basic 14-days trial with premium features while those with the best of the best cards get even more. After all, those are the likely ones to be streaming. If you got an NVIDIA GeForce 900 or Titan series, or an AMD based R9 or Fury series, then you can sign up for the full year of free premium features.

XSplit Gamecaster V2 is a live streaming and recording application created by SplitmediaLabs that also features a special ASUS GPU Tweak integration. It allows users that are running the ASUS GPU Tweak utility to be able to set custom profiles and view GPU statistics all from within the XSplit Gamecaster overlay. XSplit Gamecaster uses a discreet and unobtrusive in-game overlay, and allows users to add a webcam, activate a green screen transparency effect and share their broadcast to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ all without leaving the game.

Both ASUS and SplitmediaLabs have their own dedicated mini-page for this, where you can read more on the terms or get started with your free XSplit Gamecaster V2 streaming.

Google Wants to Turn Old Payphones Into Smart Pylons

Google has big plans, we all know that and maybe one day they’ll take over the world as some fear, but up until then they are doing a lot of cool things for all of us. One of the things they are working on is to bring free WiFi for everyone and that project starts in New York.

Google announced their Sidewalk Labs project earlier this month, an independent google-owned company that would focus on improving city living through technology innovations, but otherwise the giant didn’t specify what that company would do. The first task is now to bring widespread Wi-Fi to large cities around the world and they’re starting with New York as a testing ground.

Sidewalk Labs now announced that it is launching Intersection, another new company formed of Control Group and Titan. Those two names might not sound familiar but they are the ones behind the LinkNYC plan who’s plan is to convert old phone booths into ad-supported Wi-Fi pylons. If the project is a success, it is planned to roll it out to more cities in the near future.

The Pylons aren’t just designed for Wi-Fi connection and advertising space, they will also work as charging stations, offer free domestic phone calls and a touchscreen with city information.

The information is still sparse, but it looks like it is happening sometime between now and this fall.

Thank you TheVerge for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of NY Post

AMD R9 Nano Performance Indirectly Revealed

The AMD R9 Nano, a dinky little card that still packs a massive punch. It is said to pack 2x the performance per watt and 2x the performance density of AMD’s previous flagship card, the result being a 175 watt six-inch long beast of a graphics card.

We’re referring to Teraflops here when describing the “computer power” and how many this card achieves. It doesn’t always translate into gaming performance, but will give you a good idea.

How do we know the performance? Wccftech managed to apply some maths to the little amounts of data that AMD revealed to us. They used that cards TDP and performance per watt to work it out:

Since we know that performance per watt is FP32/TDP, we can go ahead and extrapolate the power efficiency of the R9 290X.
R9 290X’s peak FP32 = 5.6 TFLOPs, in other words, 5600 GFLOPs, and its TDP is 250W.
Perf/W = 5600 GFLOPs/250W = 22.4 GFLOPs/W

We also know that the R9 Nano has 2X the perf/watt of the R9 290X.
Which means it’s 2X (5.6TFLOP/250W)
= 2X 22.4 GFLOPs/W
= 44.8 GFLOPs/W.
Thus the perf/watt rating of the R9 Nano is 44.8GFLOPs/W.

Incidentally, we also have the TDP for the Nano, and that’s the last missing piece in the puzzle.

R9 Nano
Perf/watt = FP32 in GFLOPs (unknown) / TDP (175)
44.8 = FP32 (unknown) / 175
44.8 x 175 = FP32 (unknown)
44.8 x 175 = 7840 GFLOPs or 7.84 TFLOPs.
In summary, this means that the R9 Nano could pack a crazy 7.84 Teraflops in compute power. That’s more than a Titan X can give. If bitcoin mining was still financially feasible with graphics cards, this one would by far be the most popular. It will give out nearly twice the amount of gigaflops per second than the Titan X.

For a definite verdict on if this card will be good at gaming, we will have to wait for it to be released into general population. AMD’s power and performance claims will need testing by an independent organisation, that won’t happen until near the launch date.

Thank you to Wccftech for providing us with this information

EVGA Announces Pro SLI Bridges V2

EVGA announced today that it was launching a line of SLI bridges that will help to bring a bit of style and class to your SLI setup. The new bridges are for two, three, and four way SLI with a back-lit white EVGA logo on black and it is shrouded with aluminum.

The standard ribbon and bare PCB bridges that are normally supplied by board makers often leave those with windowed cases wanting something more elegant. Nvidia came to market with some earlier nice black and aluminum bridges within the last year and they did great, so obviously EVGA is wanting to get in on that market and came up with their own design. No word currently on pricing and the release date is “coming soon”, but you can bookmark the webpage to keep watch for the release.

Next Generation Features:

  • Separate models to support 2-Way (Short), 2-Way (Standard), 3-Way SLI or 4-Way SLI.
  • High pixel clock design optimized for 4K+ and 120Hz+ gaming.
  • EVGA logo illuminates on select GeForce GTX graphics cards.
  • Compatible with all SLI enabled graphics cards.
  • Looks super awesome!

Compatibility:

SLI functionality works on all SLI enabled graphics cards. LED functionality works on the following cards:

  • All EVGA GTX TITAN graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 980 graphics cards.
  • Select EVGA GTX 970 graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 960 graphics cards.
  • All EVGA GTX 780/780 Ti graphics cards.
  • Select EVGA GTX 770 graphics cards.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB Graphics Card Review

Introduction


NVIDIA, the company that brought you the Shield and the original Titan graphics card has now released the newest iteration in the Titan series; the Titan X. Going by facts, figures and a few leaked performance graphs; this mighty graphics card should prove to be the cream of the crop, the best of the bunch and whatever other analogies you can think of. As we’ve previously seen with the release of the Titan graphics cards, they have always smashed the opposition. However, all this performance comes at a price; this particular card is going to set you back around $999 or £899 if you live in Blighty.

So, the Titan X…What’s new? Well firstly it’s a typical reference NVIDIA cooler, but this time it’s all black with minimal silver finishing, it keeps the green “GeForce GTX” logo up the side and a light up “Titan” logo in the usual spot. So how about specifications? I’ll let the table explain:

So it’s bigger, better, faster and more expensive; just as you expected. Let’s see if the extras really warrant the extra price tag, especially compared to the AMD powerhouse, R9 295×2. I predict a knock for knock between the two cards, with the Titan X taking the lead in games like Metro Last Light and Hitman Absolution, where SLI/ Crossfire isn’t 100% optimised.

So onto the box, a very “nothing to see here” approach it seems. NVIDIA has designed this box to be as minimalistic as possible, not even a whiff of a specification list to what’s inside. The exterior is all black with minimal silver details. The entire box is finished in matt, where the TITAN X logo is in a glossy finish. Looking directly at the box in dull light, it would be hard to tell that there is any writing at all. Due to this being a NVIDIA released card, there are no extras hidden inside the box.

The cooling shroud is the same as the recent reference design NVIDIA cards, however, this is majority black not silver, which I really like.

Along the top of the card, very reference like, just the Green GeForce GTX logo, SLI bridge connectors and a set of 8 and 6 pin power connectors.

Around the back of the card, things get a little disappointing, with such a premium product, it would have made sense to use a backplate, even if it was basic, just something to cover the PCB. All those RAM chips on the back might get a little toasty too, maybe hot to touch.

As with the recent NVIDIA reference cards, a simple metal bracket with 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and 1x Dual-Link DVI.

OcUK Titan Pandora Gaming System Review

Introduction


It’s system review time at eTeknix HQ and today Overclockers.co.uk step into the arena with their Titan Pandora Gaming PC. Housed in a Bitfenix Pandora case we have a high-end i5 4690k overclocked to 4.2GHz, Nvidia GTX 970,  16GB of DDR3 with a clock speed of 2133MHz.  There is a double 240mm AIO CPU liquid cooler and a Galax GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition featuring an impressive 11% overclock. On the storage front, we have Samsung’s latest SSD offering in terms of the 250GB 850 EVO, with a larger amount of storage supplied in the form of a Seagate Barracuda 2TB mechanical hard drive.

Gaming systems at this price point have become very competitive recently, so let’s get stuck in and see what else the Titan Pandora has to offer!

Specifications

  • Name: Overclockers UK Titan Pandora
  • Case: Bitfenix Pandora Micro ATX Gaming Case – Black
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97M Gaming (Socket 1150) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K Quad Core Haswell Processor overclocked to 4.2GHz
  • Processor Cooler: 240mm CPU Water Cooler
  • System Memory: 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 8GB sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Seagate 2000GB 7200RPM Hard Disk – 6Gbps
  • Graphics card: Galax GeForce GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition
  • Power Supply: Super Flower 550W Gold PSU
  • Optical DriveNone
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year Warranty with 2 Years Collect and Return (UK only)
  • Price: £1300 as configured Delivered.

Opening the box reveals plenty of air pocket padding; just what we like to see.

Words from the wise greet you as you open the case box, take heed!

The system unboxed, now to remove the polystyrene, pop the side off (no screws required) and remove the supplementary packaging that has been supporting the cards in transit.

The unboxed system is looking good! The first thing I noticed is that it feels very well made with its mirror finish front, though it seems to attract dust and fingerprints almost instantly.

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NVIDIA TITAN X Officially Unveiled

GTC 2015: If you’ve been under a rock for a while, then you’ve missed out on something huge happening within the market and for the most part we’re probably sure that you’ve heard about the new NVIDIA GTX TITAN X launching in some capacity or another.

If we cast our minds back only a short while to GDC, you’ll remember that NVIDIA unveiled the TITAN X graphics card, but while a lot was said about the card, there were still so many unanswered questions, including pricing, availability and much more.

Scroll forward to the present day, and CEO and owner Jen-Hsun answered these questions and officially introduced the TITAN X graphics card at this years GTC 2015 event. While he took to the stage, a promotional video was played showing us the new card in all of its glory, but one of the main speculative questions on everyone’s lips came down to pricing.

Some were basing pricing off of the TITAN Z that launched at last GTC in 2014, expecting the new TITAN X to be at least $2000, but with a shock moment and a stunned audience, the pricing of $999 came to light.

While $999 is considered ridiculously expensive by some, you have to remember that this is the world’s fastest GPU on the market with 8 billion transistors, 3072 CUDA cores, and a whopping 12GB of memory. This card allows 4K high quality gaming to be an easy task with room to spare and something that we are definitely looking forward to testing out.

Official Titan X Specifications Leaked, Launch Set in 24 Hours

VideoCards has just leaked the official specifications of NVIDIA’s GTX Titan X, having them match everything that has been leaked before.

As we all know, the Titan X houses the GM200 core, which is the successor of the GM204. One of the problems found in the GM204 was the lack of FP64 performance and if the GM200 is able to address that, we are looking at a worthy successor to the GK110-based original Titan chip.

There are two inconsistencies however, one linked to the other. The memory clock was thought to be 2000 MHz (8000 in total), however the table shows the memory is 1753 MHz. This in turn affects the memory bandwidth due to the fact that a 2000 MHz memory clock would have given the card a 384 GB/s output, but instead only 336 GB/s are outputted if the memory frequency turns out to be the one displayed in the table.

Thank you WCCF and VideoCards for providing us with this information

NVIDIA Award Given to Scientists Who Use GPUs to Predict Earthquakes

Computational scientist Yifeng Cui and his team developed a GPU-accelerated code, named AWP-ODC, which creates detailed simulations of high-frequency seismic waves as they propagate through the earth. This in turn is said to predict earthquakes and helped the team receive the NVIDIA 2015 Global Impact award.

“This month marks the fourth anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude quake off Japan’s east coast which, with the ensuing tsunami, killed 16,000 and caused some $235 billion in damage. Haiti, Chile and Indonesia have each been with catastrophic earthquakes in the past five years. Californians know another big one is a matter of time.”

Cui and his team broke scientific and technical barriers by using the NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerator-powered Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility. This is said to be the first time that scientists could simulate ground motions from large fault ruptures to frequencies as high as 10 Hertz in a physically realistic way.

The code is said to have run 5X faster on NVIDIA GPUs, having a complex representative of the San Andreas Fault. Nobody until now had a way to predict earthquakes as accurately as Cui and his team did. However, things are about to change in the future.

Thank you N4GM for providing us with this inforamtion

Google VP Announces Closer Launch Date For Project Titan

Earlier today at the Mobile World Congress, Google has announced that it is getting closer to officially launching solar-powered drones, under the name Project Titan; sending its first fleet into the sky sometime this year.

Senior VP at Google, Sunar Pichai, who oversees Android, Chrome and Google apps; outlined how the company is working on three big programs aimed at connecting a majority of the 4 billion people still without internet access. Project Titan will fly lightweight, solar-powered airplanes to act as satellites. The company jumped in first, ahead of rumors that Facebook was pursuing a similar venture. The drones will be programmed to hover above certain areas to supply connectivity, this technology could also be used to bring access to locations affected by natural disasters.

This isn’t the first time Google has aimed for the skies, their previous venture Project Loon involved a similar set up, but utilising balloons instead of controllable drones. The balloons cover greater areas, where the aircraft would focus on smaller, more precise areas.

“When I first heard the idea, I thought it was a crazy idea, and these balloons are really big,” Pichai said. “The notion that you can run these things to scale, which sounds like science fiction… but we will see a lot of progress in the next few years where we can turn it into a real service for users.”

Pichai said that the move for big companies like Facebook and its Internet.org initiative to get more people in remote regions to access the web is a strong and important step. “I’m glad companies like Facebook and others around the world are working on these types of technologies,” he said.

Thanks to Mashable for this information

 

MSI GT80 GTX 980M 8GB SLI Titan Laptop Review

Introduction


There are few things more exciting than reviewing a gaming laptop that you know has a reputation to live up to. Naturally, when the courier dropped off the GT80 Titan I couldn’t wait to get my claws into it. It has a specification list that puts most desktops to shame and has been paraded by MSI for a couple of months now as their latest and greatest flagship gaming laptop, promising nothing but the best for followers of MSIs “Dragon Army”. In preparation for meeting this monster in person, I had a brief look around the MSI website and was impressed to see just how much has been crammed into this machine. There were the usual claims of speed, “ultimate performance” and the likes, but below this was a tech spec list long enough to possibly justify these claims and had me wide-eyed with interest from the off.

I decided to leave to the official blurb behind and just dive in, as to not be influenced by big claims or rose-tinted glasses, so let the unboxing begin!

Specifications

  • Name: MSI GT80 Titan
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4980HQ @ 2.8GHz (up to 4.0GHz Turboboost)
  • RAM: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8GB*4)
  • SSD: 4 x 256GB PCIE SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU: 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB in SLI
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T (Killer)
  • WLAN: Killer 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
  • Monitor: 18.4″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: SteelSeries Red backlit mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches
  • I/O: 5x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 2x Micro Displayport, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, Optical Out
  • Webcam: FHD Webcam
  • ODD: BD-RW (6x)
  • Battery: Built-in 89 W/h lithium-Ion
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 45.6 x 33 x 4.9 cm
  • Weight: 4.5Kg (w/ Battery)
  • Warranty: 2 year collect and return, 1 Year Global
  • Price: £3499.99 Inc VAT

The box comes loud and proud with the MSI logo on it.  Now I know this laptop is big, but this box is huge. On opening it we see why, there are extra goodies in there too, I spy a backpack!

Removed from the outer box and separated from the backpack, this still weighs quite a fair amount

When you lift the lid of the outer box you are immediately presented with a rather nice black envelope sealed with an MSI sticker; we’ll open this in the next section

You can immediately see the laptop on the left in a protective bag and there is a cardboard section on the right which houses the power supply.

When you lift the laptop out of the box, there is a whole host of goodies waiting for you underneath

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Reuters: Apple’s Car is Driverless

Following on from yesterday’s confirmation from The Wall Street Journal that Apple is indeed working on a car, Reuters has pitched in today with its suggestion that the car is driverless. The WSJ actually claimed the opposite of that suggesting the vehicle will be something more in line with Tesla’s offerings, but Reuters claims oppose that, falling more in line with earlier rumours, and of course that sighting of an Apple-leased vehicle.

The report says that Apple is not actively engaged with the automotive industry, they say that the company is instead developing the car on its own.

The Cupertino, California-based maker of phones, computers and watches is exploring how to make an entire vehicle, not just designing automotive software or individual components, the source said. 

“They don’t appear to want a lot of help from carmakers,” the source, who declined to be named, said.

These claims from both publications are unprecedented, as they make it clear that Apple is certainly doing something that points to the development of a car.

Source: Reuters

NVIDIA’s Next-Gen GeForce GTX Titan II Teased, GM200 is Coming

It’s coming folks – NVIDIA’s next-generation GPU is already being teased, weeks after the Maxwell cards have reached consumers’ PCs. The news is coming from WCCF Tech, who is reporting that the next-gen GPU from NVIDIA will be baked onto the 16nm FinFET process from TSMC. During NVIDIA’s recent earnings call, CEO and co-founder of the company, Jen Hsun-Huang teased that he is “excited about our next generation GPU”. Huang added that “right now we’re enjoying ramping Maxwell. And so Maxwell is unquestionably at this point a home run and we’re just savoring the moment and ramping the living daylights out of it”.

This could see NVIDIA unveil its GM200-based product soon, most likely the second AMD announces its next-gen Radeon R9 390X GPU. If not, we could see the GeForce GTX Titan II unveiled at GTC 2015 in March next year. NVIDIA is skipping over the 20nm node, with the GeForce GTX 900 series built on the ageing, but still very capable 28nm process. The shift to 16nm process is going to really let NVIDIA stretch its legs in terms of performance and power consumption on the new GPUs.

Begin saving up folks, this GPU is going to be a monster.

Source: WCCF Tech.

€2,900 12GB Asus GTX Titan Black Card Makes An Appearance

Nvidia are no stranger to creating ultra high-end graphics cards with prices fit for a king, and today is no different. A mysterious new Asus graphics card has appeared online; a 12GB edition of the GTX Titan Black with a price tag of €2,900!

The normal GTX Titan Black comes equipped with 6GB of memory and costs around €900, so this is a significant price increase over the standard model. To put this into perspective, only the Titan Z comes equipped with 12GB of memory to cater to its dual GPU architecture, so this is either a crazy over priced Titan Black with double the memory, or it’s a dual GPU Titan Black.

The Asus GTX Titan Black-12GD5 features 12GB of memory, a standard dual DVI, HDMI and DP interface at the back, a price tag of €2,900; unfortunately that’s all the information we have right now, but we have to wonder who would be prepared to pay this given recent hardware price drops following the launch of GTX 9xx series cards, as well as price drops of competing AMD graphics hardware such as the R9 295X2.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Chiphell.

Blizzard Cancels Their New MMO – Titan

After seven years of development, Blizzard have pulled the plug on their long-awaited MMO release; Titan.

There was word spread in 2013 that blizzard were looking to re-evaluate this project, with keen Blizzard and MMO fans hoping for it to be a simple re-branding or re-design of the graphics and story line. Unfortunately, it has just come to light that the project as a whole is now no longer non-existent.

Blizzard co-founder and CEO Mike Morhaime released the bad news, also claiming that the company never officially announced Titan. We feel this is a bid to try and place a band-aid over the gaping hole left by Titans’ now absence in our gaming lives. While technically this statement is correct, Blizzard has made mention of the games development and existence several times over many different interviews throughout the years.

Morhaime stated:

“We had created World of Warcraft, and we felt really confident that we knew how to make MMOs,” Morhaime said. “So we set out to make the most ambitious thing that you could possibly imagine. And it didn’t come together. We didn’t find the fun, we didn’t find the passion. We talked about how we put it through a reevaluation period, and actually, what we reevaluated is whether that’s the game we really wanted to be making. The answer is no.” Polygon

Claiming that the cancellation of this long-awaited MMO was “excruciating”, Blizzard’s Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development, Chris Metzen, also added: “It’s always really, really hard to make those kind of decisions. It was hard when we canceled Warcraft Adventures. It was hard when we canceled StarCraft Ghost. But it has always resulted in better-quality work.”.

What are your thoughts on the cancellation of the Titan project? Back to World of Warcraft or have you decided to move genre completely?

Image courtesy of Says

Nvidia Cuts OEM Price for GeForce Titan-Z by 37%

Nvidia shocked the world with the launch of the Titan-Z, not only because it’s freaking powerful, but also because it costs a wallet busting $2,999, making it the most expensive consumer graphics card around. It’s is no secret that Nvidia sell these cards with a significant margin, but now it looks like Nvidia are happy to take a cut from their profits and drop the cards price by 37%.

Now for the bad news, this discount is front the OEM price, which means they’ll be able to stock a card for around $1830 and it is down to the OEM partner to pass the savings onto the end user, but it remains to be seen if this will actually happen.

Right now the card is still $3k, but that HAS to start dropping at some point and this is the first step towards that happening.

What’s the most you’ve ever spend on a single GPU? Let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Exploration and Stunning Visuals Ahead in Oculus Ready ‘Pollen’

DK1 was impressive, but its technical limitations have been a tough challenge for games developers, who will have needed to see the potential for the technology beyond the hardware they were developing for. Now DK2 is here and while many developers are still awaiting their new hardware, some have been hard at work creating absolutely stunning, heavily detailed and atmospheric experiences for gamers. Sure these experiences aren’t going to be fully enjoyed as they’re intended until Consumer Rift is here, but it’s enough to get us even more excited about the hardware (if that is at all possible).

Pollen from Finnish developer Mindfield Games is a first person exploration adventure, which the developers say has been designed and optimised with virtual reality headsets in mind, allowing the game to take full advantage of the unique gameplay properties VR adds.

The game is set on Titan, Saturns largest moon and while you explore the gorgeous environments you unravel and make your own conclusions of the events that unfold around you in this Sci-Fi exploration epic.

“Having grown up with classic science fiction like Solaris and Space Odyssey, we have always dreamt of roaming desolate spaceships and discovering alien worlds.”, says Mindfield Co-Founder Olli Sinerma. “This dream settled us on a path to develop a first-person adventure where you wear a pressurized suit and explore a mysterious space station. Thanks to the Oculus Rift we have been able to create an environment that feels every bit as real as the world around us.”

Could Pollen be the game that brings the point and click style exploration adventure game back into the world of gaming? I certainly hope so, perhaps we may even see a Rift enabled Myst in coming years.

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Pollen is due for release on Pc in 2015 and will be on show at this months Gamescom even in Cologne.

Thank you RoadtoVR for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of RoadtoVR.

NASA’s Cassini Visits Titan, Gathering Data on Lakes

The NASA Cassini spacecraft flew by the Saturn’s moon of Titan recently, as researchers want to gain more knowledge about the intriguing smoggy moon.

During the mission, scientists bounced a radio signal from Titan’s surface to Earth, more than 1 billion miles away, using Saturn’s moon as a mirror. The data wasn’t analyzed in real-time, but the radio signal is clear enough for researchers to collect information to work with.

It has been difficult for NASA to determine where to look on the moon, then properly engineer flight patterns and approach patterns for successful maneuvers.

Here is what Essam Marouf, Cassini radio science team member from San Jose State University said in a press statement:

“We held our breath as Cassini turned to beam its radio signals at the lakes. We knew we were getting good quality data when we saw clear echoes from Titan’s surface. It was thrilling.”

Space scientists have been interested in Titan’s surface, trying to determine if it is solid, liquid, or slushy. What the surface is potentially made of, and whether it is reflective. There are still a lot of questions left unanswered, but NASA has an important piece to the puzzle, and research will continue in the future.

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EVGA Titan Z Spotted on eBay

The whirlwind of information and rumours regarding NVIDIA’s latest graphics card, dubbed the Titan-Z, has been leaving many of us wondering if the card will actually come to surface and if it does, when will it be? Additionally the price of the card has been a little hazy, however it following a spot on eBay, things may be making another step closer to reality.

Now obviously having something crop up on eBay first is a little suspicious, especially when we take into account what product has appeared, but an appearance has also been made over on the US Amazon pages, although the $1099 price tag should be taken with a pinch of salt. Either way, looking at the details on both listings we can see that both forecast a release date around 1-2 months for now with the eBay listing in particular showing a shipping date between the 10th and 16th July.

Personally I’m not convinced that these listings are the real deal as of yet, only when we start seeing the big names list this behemoth of a card will I take more of an interest – after all anybody can take the information on an upcoming product along with a couple of stock photos and create a listing on eBay and Amazon.

Source: WCCFTech

Titan Z Review Reveals Why Titan Z Missed Launch Date

Rumours of the Titan Z’s demise are tricky to pin down, we expected the card to be available last week, but when it was a no-show at retail, we suspected that something big was up. Nvidia state Q2 as the release date and as far as we can tell, this is still true, but for now it looks like they’re doing some very serious tinkering to compete with AMD’s Radeon R9 295X2.

The $2,999 graphical powerhouse that is the Titan Z certainly has a few tricks up its sleeve, but when stacked up against the Radeon R9 295X2 it’s price tag seems almost comical, clocking in at double what AMD are charging. The benchmarks that have leaked online show a worrying picture, with the R9 beating the titan in some tests and the Titan Z winning a few others; pretty much what you would expect from two similarly priced graphics cards.

Obviously the Titan Z has some benefits from it’s massive bank of GDDD5 memory, and it also delivers a TDP of just 375W, making it 33W less power hungry than a pair of GTX 780 Ti’s in SLI and 60W less than a single R9 295X2, but unless you’re planning on running the card for about 10 years, you’re not going to recoup that money via your electricity bill.

Nvidia needs to get the power of the card up, performance up and the price significantly down, because until then AMD will be laughing their asses off.

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First Performance Figures For Titan-Z Leak Online

It looks like Nvidia may have forgotten to translate their latest NDA to some Chinese retailers, with details leaking all over the place for their Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card some companies forgot to delay their press releases after the recent launch date was postponed.

One of the biggest names to leak details is Asus, who have revealed what we believe to be the final clock speeds for the card, which is now reported at 705/876 MHz, although we have no idea why the gap between base and boost states is so vast, a 170 MHz boost!? Either way, this level of performance from the base clock gives us a theoretical 8.1 TFLOPS single-precision and 2.3 TFLOPS of double precision performance.

Also confirmed from ASUS is that the Titan Z will features 7 GHz memory modules that offer up 672 GB/s of bandwidth. We now know that the GTX Titan Z will pull a staggering 375W of power at full speed, but with the new cooler capable of shifting 450w, we suspect that there will be some good overclocking headset.

In terms of overclocking, each of the Titan Black cores in the Titan Z is actually down-clocked from their single GPU counterparts. It is suspected this is to keep a grip on acoustics from the card, but only time will tell how far this card can be pushed.

Below we have a performance chart on the 4K gaming scores, but no details on actual in game settings have been revealed, as always we suspect these to be cherry picked benchmarks, with optimum circumstances. What we can see however is that the Titan Z is around 60% faster than the Titan Black.

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Titan Z Launch Delayed As Nvidia Attempt To Beat The AMD 295X2’s Performance

It looks like Nvidia has put the brakes on the Titan Z release! The card was literally supposed to launch today, but now the card may have been delayed so Nvidia can tweak its performance, making it faster than the AMD Radeon R9 295X2. Clock speeds on the new Nvidia hardware have been in question lately, no one seemed too fussed as we knew it was going to be high, but now it looks like the new card was in fact 180MHz lower than the 780 Ti, meaning it couldn’t compete with the R9 295X2.

I suspect performance wise it would beat the 295X2 in certain tests, but a bigger performance number sell hardware and Nvidia know this. If they’re going to charge twice as much as AMD  Will they just up the clocks on their card to meet the requirements set by the new AMD hardware? Who knows, but one thing we do know is that Nvidia won’t go down without a fight.

The Titan Z does of course have one thing that no other GPU can claim, a 12GB frame buffer from it’s 7000Mhz memory over a 384-bit bus, which is nothing short of incredible, especially compared to the (still very impressive) 8GB 5000 Mhz memory of the R9 295X2.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out, will Nvidia boost the clocks, change some physical hardware or perhaps lower the price? Who knows, but I sure can’t wait to find out.

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Inno3D GeForce GTX Titan Z HerculeZ Edition Coming Soon

Nvidia’s green-light program has been preventing manufacturers from altering the designs of the latest Nvidia hardware, they did the same thing on all their recent high-end cards, including the GeForce GTX 690, GTX Titan and the Titan Black Edition graphics cards. Now it looks like the same set of rules is set to be in place on the upcoming Titan Z graphics card. Fortunately there are some simple loop-holes in this system, it just means you’re going to have to get your screwdriver kit and mod the card yourself.

Inno3D’s HerculeZ cooler set to tame the beast that is the Titan Z and while we have no figures on performance, we suspect that Inno3D wouldn’t be going through all of this trouble to decrease the cooling performance of the graphics card. We suspect that Inno3D will ship the new cooler alongside the GPU, much in the same way that EVGA bundled their ACX cooler with the Titan Black, and Gigabyte bundled their Windforce Cooler with the Titan. This bundled deal does mean that you have to do some work and install the new cooler yourself, something not everyone is going to be comfortable with, especially given how these cards could cost around $3000.

The new cooler features an array of aluminium fins, with two contact surfaces that cater to the two GK110 cores of the card. There are 10 thick heat pipes in total, five for each GPU core and there is room for three PWM controlled fans (100mm/92mm/100mm).

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Braebo Computers ‘Titan’ Budget AMD Gaming System Review

Introduction


When we take a wide look at the pre-built systems market in the UK, the number of names out there that one can choose from is growing on a near day-to-day basis. The scale at which each of these system integrators run does vary quite considerably and on the high-end of the scale where the big names such as Scan Computers and Overclockers UK dominate the market, competition is fierce and the number of systems that each name has to offer covers an incredibly wide range of budgets. When we look towards the other end of the scale, where getting your name out there is key, pitching just high-end systems that costs hundreds to buy is not exactly going to be an easy way of doing this. Instead of offering systems on the upper end of the performance scale, the other option is to create a line of budget friendly systems that contain a more modest level of performance making them ideal for the first time buyer who is just getting their feet into the door and the world of gaming on a PC.

Based in Rushden, Northamptonshire; Braebo Computers, compared to the big names out there, are a small company that was setup by two brothers since they started building systems for the public back in 2002. Since then they have developed a small range of systems, all with components from some of the biggest brands in the industry and whilst their operation my be small, they strive to offer excellent value for money with a customer service that would rival that of the market leaders. Building quality systems that are suited to your needs are where they excel and this ethos is what is driving them forward in a highly competitive market space.

The system that we are taking a look at today is one of their latest creations, offering an all-AMD based lineup consisting of the latest A10-7700k APU and an R9 270 graphics card, along with an SSD courtesy of Corsair, 16GB of memory from Crucial and off of this is spread out across one of Gigabyte’s top performing AMD boards – the F2A88X G1 Sniper. Alongside the system itself, our review package today consists of a full desktop setup that Braebo offer to all of their customers meaning that we have all the basic items needed to get the system up and running – ideal for the first time buyer. In this care package we have a 22″ monitor for AOC and a USB mouse and keyboard set from Microsoft. In addition the Titan comes with the lastest version of Windows 8.1 pre-installed and the added extra of a wireless card for connecting your new system into your home network. It looks as though all the basic essentials have been taken care of and ticked off, so lets take a look at the Titan system and see what it’s made of.

  • Name: Braebo Titan
  • Case: Xigmatek Asgard 381
  • MB: Gigabyte G1 A88X Sniper
  • CPU: AMD ‘Kaveri’ A10 7700k Quad Core APU @ 3.4GHz
  • Cooler: Stock AMD
  • RAM: 16GB Crucial CT2KIT102464BA160B 1600MHz (8GB x2)
  • SSD: Corsair Force LS 64GB
  • HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
  • GPU: VTX3D AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB
  • PSU: Corsair CX600
  • ODD: 24x Dual-Layer DVD Writer
  • WLAN: Asus PCE-N10 802.11n 150Mbps
  • Monitor: AOC E2250S 22″ LED
  • Peripherals: Microsoft Basics Mouse & Keyboard
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Warranty: 3 year RTB – 1 month collect & return
  • Price: £799.99 Inc VAT / £699 Inc VAT without monitor, mouse & keyboard

Compared to the full on specifications of the systems that we have seen up to today, Braebo’s Titan is more modest and this all comes down to its target audience. When looking across the board at every pre-built system that can be bought, the main bulk of these are aimed directly at the mainstream consumer and up towards the super enthusiast, where money is no object and performance is everything. The Titan brings this all back down to earth with a more basic lineup of components that round-up to a price that is more suited to the entry-level end of the spectrum.

When we look at the accessory set of a pre-built system, on the whole it is made up of all the little extras that come with each individual component such as manuals, adaptors and cables. Braebo’s Titan is no different, although depending on the package that you opt for, you can choose to get a complete setup headed your way instead. in the complete package Braebo bundle in a 22″ AOC monitor and a Microsoft mouse and keyboard set, giving you everything that you need to get up and running.